Photos: Stunning 'super bloom' of wildflowers paints Southern California deserts yellow and purple

By Amanda Mitchell, AccuWeather staff writer
March 12, 2019, 10:16:15 AM EDT

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In this Wednesday, March 6, 2019, photo, a man takes pictures of wildflowers in bloom near Borrego Springs, Calif.

(AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

In this Wednesday, March 6, 2019, photo, Rene Garcia holds her three-month-old son Brandon amid wildflowers in bloom near Borrego Springs, Calif.

(AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

In this Wednesday, March 6, 2019, photo, people walk among wildflowers in bloom near Borrego Springs, Calif.

(AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

In this Wednesday, March 6, 2019, photo, a woman sits in a field of wildflowers in bloom near Borrego Springs, Calif.

(AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

In this Wednesday, March 6, 2019, photo, a man looks on amid wildflowers in bloom near Borrego Springs, Calif.

(AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

In this Wednesday, March 6, 2019, photo, a group of men take pictures with their phones as they stand among wildflowers in bloom near Borrego Springs, Calif.

(AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

In this Wednesday, March 6, 2019, photo, a woman poses for a picture among wildflowers in bloom near Borrego Springs, Calif.

(AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

In this Wednesday, March 6, 2019, photo, people walk among wildflowers in bloom near Borrego Springs, Calif.

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California poppy super bloom creates a colorful scene in late February 2019.

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In this Wednesday, March 6, 2019, photo, a man walks among wildflowers in bloom near Borrego Springs, Calif.

(Photo/Mike McElhatton)

Mike McElhatton stopped to take a photo on his way into town Friday, March 1, in Borrego Springs, Calif.


Areas of Southern California may have almost perfect conditions for a ‘super bloom’ of wildflowers in the coming weeks.

The Anza-Borrego State Desert Park in Southern California is currently glowing with purple and golden yellow wildflowers throughout its 600,000 acres. Thousands of verbenas, desert sunflowers and evening dune primrose cover the land, with more to come.

“It’s going to be better than it’s been in the last dozen or so years,” said Mike McElhatton, educational program director of The Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Natural History Association.

The perfect storm has been brewing since October. For over five months, Southern California has received steady rainfall, uncommon in this desert area. This reliable rain has created a continual dense, moist soil allowing wildflowers to flourish.

In the areas surrounding the state park, rainfall can often be extremely localized. For instance, flooding can occur in one area of the park, while it's not even misting in another. Yet, that wasn't the case this winter.

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“The rain has hit us nearly perfectly,” McElhatton said. “We are going to have a really widespread bloom; in the past, we have seen only small concentrations in select valleys. This year, it already appears that a vast majority of the 50-mile park will be in bloom.”

It isn’t just those working within the park that have noticed the bloom. Towns bordering the park have already began to experience visitors, with campgrounds quickly filling up. Everyone seemingly interested in getting a glimpse at the bright display the flowers put on.

In the coming weeks, the views are only expected to get better as the California poppy comes fully into bloom in the beginning of March, covering the ground in orange.



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